Catching Hope

Looking for the grace of God that surrounds us

My New Career Path

Today, I became an official Tree Wrangler.

I had to trim my tree.  In the process, my tree saw–

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got stuck in a branch (sans the squirrel)–

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one-and-a-half stories up.

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Unfortunately for me, whilst attempting to wrestle my saw free from the death-grip of the branch the tree trimmer extension separated from the main section.

This was rather unfortunate because it involved me having to climb up a ladder set against the tree.  I don’t like heights.  Or ladders for that matter.  Makes my legs hurt. However in a happenstance of sheer providence, my neighbor’s daughter

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who is three years old came along as I was precariously perched on top of the ladder with my arm around a branch for security, and inquired as to what I was doing.  And if I were a monkey.  I said I wished I was, because then I wouldn’t be scared of the “up high”.

In the meantime I managed to re-attach the two parts of my tree trimmer and climb back down.  At which point I was able to free my tree trimmer, by hanging on the handle and jumping up and down (incidentally, looking somewhat like a monkey as I dangled there).

Fortunately, as the saw came loose so did the branch.

Unfortunately I think it was actually a branch that shouldn’t have come off anyway, as my tree looks slightly like a shorn sheep on one side.  But, nevertheless, the job is done for another year…

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I think I’ll hire someone to powerwash my house.

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April Showers (or, rather, July showers…)

I love rainy weather.  A large part of this has to do with the rainy nights in Tennessee when I would fall asleep to the sound of a rain shower while feeling the cool breezes that came with the rainclouds.  There’s always been a very calm, soothing feeling that comes to me with the rain.

This week especially we can rejoice in the rain–my grass has been quickly turning yellow and my poor little garden has been quite thirsty.  Not to mention those who depend on the blessing of rain in order to make a living!  All in all, between the soothing sound, the lovely, pearly grey clouds, and the many physical blessings that come with it, I am thankful for the rain today.

Acts 14:17 Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.

Psalms 147:7-8 Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving, make melody to our God on the lyre! He covers the heavens with clouds, he prepares rain for the earth; he makes grass grow on the hills.

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The Small Stuff

There is much joy to be found in the little, seemingly unimportant thoughts, happenings, and conversations in life.  There is also significance in them–if you know how to look.

Granted, not everything that happens will have a great impact.  Whether or not my dryer eats my socks or not (it does) is not going to cause anyone great spiritual renewal or philosophical awakening.

But the point is, the Lord’s hand is in everything.  Absolutely everything, even (amazingly enough) the 17 million lost socks in the cavernous unknown reaches of my dryer.  Often these sorts of things annoy us (causing our sanctification), amuse us (bringing us joy), or lead us to ponder something or see something in a brand-new way.  Then again, some things happen and some thoughts cross our minds for no apparent purpose at all.  But it is indeed a gift that the Lord does indeed have a purpose for everything and He ordains every step of our way–we should marvel with the Psalmist and say, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, it is high, I cannot attain it.”

And this is the point of this blog.  I am not promising to write anything that you care to read, nor do I guarantee that every post will bring you a significant amount of encouragement.  I hope it does, however, at least sometimes.  I hope that we can, together, rejoice in the Lord’s gift of the mundane (and occasionally, perhaps, the not-so-mundane).

As a matter of fact, this blog has been created at the urging of a few of my friends to take some status updates and expand on them.  We’ll see how this experiment goes…

In the meantime, let’s all try to look for what the Lord is saying to us or teaching us in the small things in life.  And if you happen to have  figured out WHERE all those socks in your dryer go, please comment.

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!

You know when I sit down and when I rise up, you discern my thoughts from afar.  You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.  Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.  You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.

-Psalm 139:1-6

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